BC players selected for Rugby Canada U19 tour

Victoria, BC: Rugby Canada has released their roster for the Canadian Under-19 men’s national team set to tour England from February 22 to March 4th in the new year.

The Canadian side will face three academy sides including Welbeck Form Military College (February 26th), Leicester Tigers Academy (February 29th) and Northampton Saints Academy (March 3rd).

Eight of the 27 players were members of British Columbia’s U18 national championship side that downed Ontario for the 2011 title this past August.

“It’s gratifying to see players coming through our Pathway programs to reach this level,” said BC Provincial Coach and Development Manager Dave Brown. “Jorden Best for example, has played BC U14 right through to U18 as well as Canada U17 and the Youth Commonwealth Games Sevens. Most of the players have also been involved with the BC Academy with the exception of [Burnaby’s] Fuku Vikilani who came into the Provincial program at the U18 level.”

The national selection is the first for Jordan Harvey who co-captained the BC U18 team at nationals in Calgary this year. Harvey carried his form into the fall club season, where he guided Capilano RFC to the 2011 U19 provincial club championship.

“It is really pleasing to see Jordan get the credit that he deserves,” Brown added. “From Playing prop on our U16 pogram, Jordan has developed into an excellent back row player who combines a solid skill set with a great work ethic and tremendous on-field leadership and maturity.”

Brown also acknowledged the work of local rugby programs in developing the players who will represent their country in the coming months.

“Of course we can not fail to mention the work done by both club and school coaches in developing these players to their current level,” Brown added.

Canada U19 touring roster
(Name/ Club/ Province)
*Paul Ahn (UBC Thunderbirds / British Columbia)
*Jorden Best (Abbotsford RFC / British Columbia)
Josh Boyles (Ontario)
Mac Chown (Ontario)
Joe Franey (Saskatchewan)
Eric Garnham (Ontario)
*Fergus Hall (Castaway Wanderers RFC / British Columbia)
Lucas Hammond (Ontario)
*Jordan Harvey (Capilano RFC / British Columbia)
Sawyer Hearn (Ontario)
Matt Heaton (Quebec)
Daniel Lantos (Newfoundland)
Jonny LaPlaca (Ontario)
*Alex Mascott (UBC Thunderbirds/ British Columbia)
Kerry McElhaney (Alberta)
David Merithew (Ontario)
*Liam Murphy-Burke (UBC Thunderbirds/ British Columbia)
Jon Nadler (Quebec)
Luca Pattellia (Ontario)
Darcy Ralph (Alberta)
D.J. Sears (Ontario)
Scott Sopel (Ontario)
Monty Tichowsky (Saskatchewan)
*Reid Tucker (Capilano RFC/ British Columbia)
*Fuku Vikilani (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club/ British Columbia)
Jacob Webster (Ontario)
Matt Whittle (Newfoundland)
*denotes 2011 national champions with BC’s U18 team

Non-Traveling Reserves
Chris Gladney (Ontario)
*Connor Hamilton (Vancouver Rowing Club / British Columbia)
*Connor Hunter (Abbotsford RFC / British Columbia)
Curtis Lauzon (Ontario)
Kainoa Lloyd (Ontario)
Mike Santangalli (Ontario)
*Charlie Thorpe (UBC Thunderbirds / British Columbia)
*Quinton Willms (Bayside Sharks RFC / British Columbia)
*denotes 2011 national champions with BC’s U18 team